Russia’s Soyuz-ST-B Places Four Communications Satellites into Orbit
The Russian Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage took off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana to put O3b communications satellites into orbit. This was stated by a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).
“The Fregat upper stage and four communications satellites have detached from the third stage of the Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket. The subsequent injection of the satellites into final orbit will be achieved via several activations of the Fregat service propulsion system. This is the tenth launch from the spaceport in French Guiana,” the spokesperson reported.
It should be noted that four O3b communications satellites on board the Soyuz carrier rocket have been designed and built by Thales Alenia Space to become a part of the medium orbit satellite constellation providing broadband internet access in different parts of the world (Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East).